Despite inexplicably failing at the box-office on its original release, The Iron Giant still looks great with its vivid and colourful blend of traditional and computer-generated animation. The film's director Brad Bird, was of course the mastermind behind Pixar's The Incredibles and his wit and meticulous attention to detail is in evidence thoughout the 83 minutes of the Iron Giant - from Hogarth's Schwinn bike to the Super Sabre jets who attack the robot. There are also numerous pop culture references to science fiction films and comic books of the era.
The Iron Giant himself is a classic 1950's mechanical 'bot, with some pretty awesome hidden hardware. His character is an amalgam of James Whales' Frankenstein monster from Bride.., King Kong and E.T. and immediately engages the audience's sympathy and affection.
The voice artists are inspired with Vin Diesel voicing the Iron Giant - I swear when he says "Superman" during the final act of the movie, you will be in floods of tears! The big metal guy is ably supported by Jennifer Aniston voicing Hogarth's mother and Harry Connick Junior lending his vocal cords to Dean the Beatnik.
Michael Kamen's moving symphonic score provides a perfect accompaniment to the lush animation and balances out the feast of fifties pop, rock 'n' roll and jazz that is liberally littered round the movie. Top tracks include, the Tyrones' rocking opener Blast Off and Mel Torme's cool Comin' Home Baby.
If you haven't seen it before, take time to watch the Iron Giant, but be sure to have a hankie handy for the lump in throat ending.